Debate training 23/09/2017
9:30-12:30 and 13:30-16:30or17:00
- introduce the basic building blocks of debate (like: ARE, TBBT, debate the idea not the person)
- move from unstructured discussion to formal debate
- prepare teachers and students to begin organizing their own debating societies for the network
General shape of the workshop:
- a silly game-debate to loosen up, get to know each other, activate English.
- Getting a little more serious: What is civil discourse/formal debate?
- What makes a good debater?
- Building blocks/bricks: ARE, SPEECH
- Refutation & rebuttal: TBBT
AFTERNOON 13:30-16:30 or 14:00-17:00
- A full loosely-structured open debate (40-60 minutes) as an interim move towards respectful formal debate [our format for debates Oct-Nov-Dec]
- WSD: what is the format? [Our format for debates Jan-Feb-Mar-Apr]
- Practice approaching a WSD debate (brainstorming; research; establishing Theme & Split)
- Where to go for more info, possible calendar of interschool debates. Wrap-up.
|J||1||Lifeboat – How good are you at persuading people to save your life?||Warmer: get them loosened up, speaking English, laughing.||20|
|J||2||What is debate?
· Civil discourse, public
· Get to the truth so we can make choices /act
· debate ideas, not people
· engage fully (prepare, listen, think, and respond respectfully)
Who are you trying to convince?
· The judge(s), not your opponent.
|Segue between lifeboat and formal debate
Public: not private, not technical
Establish basic tenets of formal debate
Basic etiquette: TYFTF, respectful engagement means LISTENING, not just waiting to speak.
What to debate?
What makes a good debater?
Video clip of bad debate + elicit
|Critical thinking, tolerance, respect, etc.
Introduce concepts like: persuasion, argument, reasoning, evidence, eloquence, content, style, strategy, respect, etc.
|J||11||Alley debate: dogs vs cats||listening carefully and responding||10|
|G||12-19||How to debate:
ARE: The structure of the argument;
|Introduce basic structure of an effective argument||10-15|
|AFTER COFFEE BREAK||—|
Winter vs Summer
Book vs Film
b’storm 3 AREs – choose best one
opposing team: listen and take notes for next step
clear + concise,
logical + passionate
|J||Elicit responses to arguments||Basic listening & responding… set-up for TBBT||5|
|G||22-23||Formal Refutation & Rebuttal||refute an argument = produce evidence (facts or figures) to prove it untrue.
rebut an argument = to discredit it by offering a completely different pov.
|J||24||Which parts of an argument can you attack?||The A/R/E/inherent assumptions||5|
|G||25-30||TBBT & examples||10|
|J||31||Practice: “I disagree”||10|
|J||32-34||Some logical fallacies to avoid:
· Ad Hominem
· Hasty generalization
|J||?||Spotting Fallacies game||15|
ONE HOUR LUNCH BREAK